It’s been almost four years since actor Gabriel Horn, a former Fort Worthian who now lives in Los Angeles, first conceived the idea for Ghostbreakers, a TV show that spoofs the “paranormal reality” genre. He and his buddy Benjamin Wilbanks, a Fort Worth writer-director, rounded up local investors to finance a first season of 20 half-hour shows, all shot on location in Louisiana in late 2010 and early 2011 using mostly North Texas talent in front of and behind the cameras. Horn, who has co-written and directed several episodes, also plays one of the lead Ghostbreakers –– he starred in the local indie flicks Night Crawlers and Carried Away. A bumbling team of three paranormal specialists who investigate absurd supernatural phenomena, the Ghostbreakers include Gabriel (Horn), the cameraman and gadget guy; Shanda (Shanda Lee Munson), a psychic; and Massey (Bryan Massey), the security guy. The show is hosted (and co-produced) by Joey Greco, MC/ringleader of the long-running syndicated hit Cheaters.
Last year, Horn, Wilbanks, and Greco reached a tentative deal with Channel 7, the flagship ABC affiliate in New York City, to run late-night episodes of the show, but it fell through due to ad revenue issues. At that point, Horn said, everyone who’d poured so much sweat and blood into Ghostbreakers was biting their nails. “We were anxious to be the first people who came up with the idea of a paranormal reality spoof,” he said. “We wanted to do it before Comedy Central or somebody else gave it a shot.”
The Ghostbreakers project has been resurrected from near-death several times, and now the producers’ persistence has paid off: The first show in a 13-episode run will debut on Thursday, Oct. 4, on Youtoo Social TV, a national cable network based in Las Colinas that reaches about 50 million homes right now. The channel is carried by North Texas cable and satellite providers, including Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon Fios.